It was a brief but riveting debut for the New York Jets’ (1-0) Zach Wilson who completed 6-of-9 throws for 63 yards against the Giants. He’ll look to build on this performance with more playing time as they head to Green Bay to take on the Packers Saturday.
The Green Bay Packers (0-1) were blown out by the Texans though Love did a solid job. The Jets, on the other hand, edged the Giants. New York enters this as the 2.5-point favorite or -135 on the moneyline per the NFL’s Vegas odds. Look for a bounce-back game from Green Bay.
Jets: Show Me More
He only attempted nine passes, but Wilson already showed why the Jets fell in love with him. The second overall pick can move and sling the rock. Let’s hold off on comparisons to Aaron Rodgers, though, despite the Jets playing Green Bay.
Wilson may have been the talk of the town, but it was Mike White and the defense who steered the Jets to a 12-7 win over the Giants. The Jets limited the Giants to 58 passing yards and 3.7 yards per play. DE Bryce Huff recorded two sacks.
The Jets have a stout defensive line. Of course, Wilson will need to bring it home as he’ll still be the one putting points on the board.
Packers: On His Shoulders
While Wilson’s Jets came away with a win, Love found himself on the opposite end. He threw for 122 yards and a touchdown but the team unraveled once he left the game. Kurt Benkert could only muster 88 passing yards and a late interception while the defense let the Texans run all over them.
It was ugly and encapsulated why Rodgers was this close to retiring. Green Bay has a shoddy defense outside the secondary. But its flimsy lines will get exposed and this preseason has been no exception as the Texans, the team predicted to finish last per the online betting lines, gashed them for 170 rushing yards.
But the Packers should be a bit better with their starters getting more reps.
Pick: Next Man Up
To say he has big shoes to fill is an understatement. Love can at least try to be the best offensive player when he is on the field. That may be tougher now as the Packers’ offensive line is in the midst of a reconstruction with three starters gone from the offseason.
Rookie C Josh Myers looked solid in his preseason debut and WR Devin Funchess caught six of his eight targets for 70 yards.
If the terrible Texans can look like world beaters against the Packers, then expect the Jets to put on a show against them.
Pick: Jets -2½ (-110)
Totals Pick: Grounded
The Jets will win this game, but it won’t be so much a showdown between Wilson and Love as it will be about which defense can make the opposing quarterback look worse. The Jets win on pass pressure while the Packers’ secondary can pick off Wilson or shut out his uninspiring receivers. Either way, the score stays low.